Ah blemishes. They’re like that randomer that come to your party and every time they get up from the sofa you think they’re gonna leave but alas…they stay. Well, while our unwanted guests are residing on our face it’s a good idea to shield them away. Out of sight, out of mind.
Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going bare face and showing your spots for the world to see. Own it hunni. A lot of us, however, feel self-conscious about them and, understandably, wish they would be gone – even for a few hours.
With that said, here’s my fool proof way to cover those bad boys and give the illusion of a flawless complexion
The last thing we want to do is anger spots even more so it’s important to apply a spot treatment before you go in with makeup. The Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel is my favourite. Seals in the spot and stops bacteria getting in.
We want our cover ups to last all day so preparation is key. An oil free base is ideal to keep everything on. I like the Clinique Super City Block, it’s oil free, has an SPF and has a yellow tint to even out skin tone.
We want to mute the harsh redness and the best colour to do that with is green. A green concealer will give our cover ups the best chance of actually working. A staple of mine is the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer. It’s nice and creamy so dab it on the affected areas with your fingers.
If we’re mattifying down our spots we don’t want to go overboard. All-matte will make the skin too dry and create a sexy crust over our breakouts which is much harder to cover up. I tend to grab a dewy foundation to give my skin the little boost it needs. I recommend using a beauty blender and dab on – don’t rub. Rubbing will just remove all the colour correction we just did.
You may find after prepping and applying foundation your spots look almost non-existent but I never skip concealer. Foundation can wear away but concealer, by nature, is made of sturdier stuff so is more likely to stay put throughout the day. Use a small, stippling brush and again – dab. It takes a little longer but will eventually blend out and give the desired effect.
It’s essential to set your concealer to seal it in and give it added longevity. I love the Laura Mercier Universal Setting Powder. It’s white and sets clear so doesn’t look cakey. Yet again – dab onto the blemish with a beauty blender.
That’s it! I use this method every time I have a breakout and it successfully covers my blemishes and keeps them covered all day.
Spots are a b*tch. It never gets any easier when we get one or fails to make us hate our reflection. Just know, you’re beautiful – warts (or spots) and all. You got this girl.